I bite the bullet and purchase because no one else’s is making the a full suite of devices like Apple that work seamlessly together.^ Good choice. The XS is a better value. iOS is more secure, it is much more fluid, it has iMessage (most people in North America do not use WhatsApp and probably no one is going to download that app just to text you—so, if you went with an Android, you’d be stuck with their awful texting apps), the App Store has much more refined apps unlike the Google Play Store, and the iPhone has better resale value.
I had a Galaxy S8+ for six months and it was awful. I don’t know how I managed to use that phone for six months. I was happy-crying when I replaced it with an iPhone (I took a financial hit but it was worth it).
I’m only considering an Android again because iPhone prices have gotten so ridiculously high, but I’ll most likely bite the bullet and purchase an iPhone because I just don’t trust Androids. The Pixel is the only Android phone I would consider.
However I don’t think android phones on their own are bad. A lot of them are very capable and compelling. I just prefer iOS and Apple ecosystem.
I owned the note 8 and S9 plus for about 3 months each. If I had to use either as my daily driver I could. It wouldn’t be a horrible experience, just not the one I prefer.